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Pillar - Burundi Murambi Co-op - Filter roast

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Burundi
Murambi Co-op
Muramvya region
1650-1950masl
Bourbon
Washed


Pink lemonade, earl grey, and panela sugar.

Small farm struggles: Sometimes, farmers who own less than a hectare of land struggle to showcase the high calibre of their microlots. This can be due to several factors, but the one that is most common in Burundi is quantity, ie when a farmer produces what is deemed "insufficient volume". This can mean that a very special microlot disappears into a blend of lesser-grade coffee to make up the quantity, where it is diluted down and essentially lost forever. 

Small lots, no probs: Thankfully, Murambi Co-op is different and represents a collective of smallholder farmers, with smallholder farmers playing a vital role in production. At Murambi, quality counts, and smallholder farmers who produce quality microlots get paid higher premiums for their coffees. These higher calibre lots are then included in select quality custom blended microlots just like this one. These microlots are selected from day lots based on in-cup quality. Although these lots might not be individually traceable once blended, they really are the next best thing and ensure farmers are paid for their quality and that none of these special lots gets blended with anything that will detract from their worth.

Process and drying: Coffee cherries undergo traditional fermentation for 18-24 hours, a two-hour washing process in fresh mountain water, and meticulous sorting and pulping. This Murambi lot is dried on raised beds under the shade of native forests, protecting it from evening precipitation. Drying spans around 20 days, depending on weather and humidity.

Despite logistical challenges in sourcing from this landlocked and historically troubled nation, support from purchasing these micro lots is making its way to the ground. And if that wasn't good enough, their in-cup hype is totally justified. Characterised by sparkling acidity, sugar-fruit notes, and lingering floral tones, these coffees, often overlooked in commercial exports, shine as unique gems and more than hold their own in the specialty coffee world.